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Emily Welker, Published August 19 2013

NDSU player Beck pleads guilty to resisting arrest

FARGO – North Dakota State University starting linebacker Travis Beck pleaded guilty Monday in Cass County District Court to resisting arrest, a move his attorney said was designed to put this summer’s legal woes behind him without a trial interfering with the Bison football season.

The charge was linked to a brawl outside a downtown Fargo bar after 2 a.m. on June 9.

“Most people think resisting is fighting – you’ve seen the video,” said Bruce Quick, Beck’s attorney. “That’s the wrong word for this situation. What’s he’s charged with is failing to stop” when arresting officers told Beck to stop.

At the time of the incident, Quick said, Beck had just been punched in the head at least twice.

Quick was referring to surveillance video evidence released this summer that shows Beck in an apparent brawl with another man near the downtown bar.

Beck can be seen in the video walking away from arresting officers who responded to the fight. The video also appears to show Beck may have acted in self-defense against the other man in the fight, Matthew Aanenson, who police found lying unconscious in a nearby downtown parking lot.

The video evidence pulled from city surveillance cameras and local businesses led the state’s attorney’s office to drop more serious felony aggravated assault charges against Beck.

Neither Quick nor Beck appeared at Monday’s plea and sentencing hearing. Mark Friese, Quick’s fellow Vogel Law Firm attorney, entered a plea to a Class B misdemeanor resisting arrest charge on Beck’s behalf.

Beck was sentenced to 10 days in jail, with all time suspended, and 360 days of unsupervised probation, plus a $225 fee.

“I know Mr. Beck was anxious to put all this behind him,” Friese said after the sentencing. “This was a relief for him … to accept responsibility and to put it behind him.”

In a previous case, Beck was charged in July 2012 with resisting arrest and being a minor in possession of alcohol.

That resisting charge was dropped in exchange for his plea to the underage drinking charge.

For that offense, Beck was sentenced to 40 hours of community service and fined $325. He also agreed to attend an educational program for minors charged with consumption of alcohol.

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